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A Conversation with Rep. Young Kim, U.S. Representative of California’s 40th District


Andrew Desiderio, Senior Congressional Reporter, Punchbowl News
T.H. Young Kim, Representative (CA-40), U.S. House of Representatives

“When we leave our country, we travel as one voice. We leave all the politics and partisanship at the water’s edge.”

– Congresswoman Young Kim

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Concerns loom among U.S. allies in the Indo-Pacific regarding China’s ambitions, especially in the South China Sea, where Chinese actions are viewed as persistent threats and coercive tactics.
  • The presence of the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea stands as a critical deterrent to China’s expansion, with a firm commitment to allies like the Philippines and the importance of upholding mutual defense treaties stressed.
  • The Camp David trilateral summit involving the U.S., Japan, and South Korea holds significant value in countering China’s assertiveness. It underscores the crucial role of robust security alliances within the first island chain for maintaining a free Indo-Pacific.
  • Highlighting Taiwan’s imperative need for a voice and observer status in international organizations, despite China’s objections, underscores its role as a reliable economic and security partner.
  • Collaborative bipartisan travel and cooperation in congressional delegations are pivotal for a cohesive approach to international matters, necessitating a proficient negotiating team.
  • The central conclusions emphasize the importance of the U.S. fortifying its partnerships in the Indo-Pacific, providing support to allies like Taiwan, and conducting diplomatic initiatives while upholding a strategic position in response to China’s activities in the area.